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raef 09-07-2012 01:30 AM

portuguese floor corker?
 
which corker are you using and how well do you like it?

Yooper 09-07-2012 01:32 AM

I've have the portuguese floor corker for about 7 years. I like it alot, and have loaned it to multiple people. For bottling more than a few bottles at a time, I think a floor corker is criticial, and it's lots cheaper than the Italian model.

raef 09-07-2012 01:36 AM

did you modify it in any way? and from what i've read are the bottles hard to remove?

amandabab 09-07-2012 02:04 AM

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Originally Posted by raef (Post 4393257)
did you modify it in any way? and from what i've read are the bottles hard to remove?

There is no need to modify it to cork wine bottles and they come right out.
To cork belgians, you need to install a drilled stopper on the plunger to limit travel and the corks (not the bottles) stick in the jaws. You need a stick of some sort to push the bottles out.

raef 09-07-2012 02:57 AM

thanks thats what i'll get sounds easy enough

bottlebomber 09-07-2012 03:00 AM

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Originally Posted by amandabab

There is no need to modify it to cork wine bottles and they come right out.
To cork belgians, you need to install a drilled stopper on the plunger to limit travel and the corks (not the bottles) stick in the jaws. You need a stick of some sort to push the bottles out.

You actually don't need to push the bottles out, you just need to make use of the spring plate to give the bottles a good push to get them off the jaws. I did all these a couple weeks ago and only tore a couple corks slightly.

Portuguese corker works great, but I kind of wish I had gone with the Ferrari only because of the crown cap adaptor. I'd rather have 1 piece of equipment than two if I can help if, even if it is a little pricier. It will last a lifetime either way so may as well get the good stuff.

Yooper 09-07-2012 12:13 PM

The only "adaptation" I made is sort of silly, but it works so I'll share it.

In order to cork short bottles, like 375 ml size, adding a hockey puck to the bottom and putting the short bottles on that is needed. Otherwise, the corker doesn't "reach" the bottle. So, put a hockey puck on the bottom, and the bottle on top of that, and the resulting cork depth is perfect.

bottlebomber 09-07-2012 02:12 PM

Thanks for the tip Yoop! I've got a bunch of RR sour bottles I will be using, and that sounds perfect. Unlike you I don't have hockey pucks laying around, so I'll be shopping ebay ;)

Irrenarzt 09-07-2012 02:29 PM

I've been using a piece of 2x4 but the hockey puck is a good idea.

TyTanium 09-07-2012 02:35 PM

Nice pictures bottlebomber...what's in 'em?


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